Although physically weak, the White Mage can choose from a broad array of healing and defensive magic spells.
The White Mage is the most potent supportive class available to the Warriors of Light. The job uses White Magic to ease the suffering of wounded companions and bolster their defenses. The White Mage can wield staves and hammers in combat.
In the Final Fantasy: Memory of Heroes official novelization, one of the Warriors of Light is a White Mage named Floe (フロウ, Furō?). The only woman in the group of four, she carries a shard of the Water Crystal. She is a kind, gentle, and motherly youth, but is apparently quite fearsome when angered.
After completing the Citadel of Trials, all White Mage party members are upgraded to the rank of White Wizard (しろまどうし, Shiromadoushi?). In all versions, the White Wizard's hood is removed, allowing the class's full face and hair to be seen. The White Wizard can learn and cast all White Magic spells, and, from the Dawn of Souls remake on, use unique White Wizard weapons.
In the Dawn of Souls and subsequent remakes, there are ten optional auto-names for each of the different character classes. Each name is a reference to another character or place name in the Final Fantasy series.
The ten names for the White Mage class are:
- Elia - Character in Final Fantasy III.
- Jenica - Character in Final Fantasy V.
- Kuku - Character in Final Fantasy VI.
- Luca - Character in Final Fantasy IV.
- Mikoto - Character in Final Fantasy IX.
- Noah - Character in Final Fantasy III.
- Ruby - Character in Final Fantasy IX.
- Sara - Character in Final Fantasy III.
- Sarina - Character in Final Fantasy III.
- Sherko - Character in Final Fantasy III.
In addition, the name Tomy was used in screenshots for the original NES manual.
White Mage appears on a Triple Triad card.
- Fans have frequently debated the intended gender of the White Mage's design, due to the class's sprites having a more feminine appearance than most other jobs in the game. While no answers are ever given within Final Fantasy itself, the White Mage's sprites have been made progressively more feminine with each revision of the job's appearance.